Alec Benjamin on removing paid in sandwiches (when he initial started in music)

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With some-more than 1.5 billion streams and counting underneath his belt, 24-year-old Alec Benjamin is on lane to apropos one of America’s biggest cocktail exports. Beyond a platinum-selling singular (“Don’t Let Me Down”), a universe debate and a critically acclaimed entrance mixtape, a 24-year-old Arizona local has already had some considerable co-signs, counting Billie Eilish, Bryson Tiller, Ryan Tedder and John Mayer as fans, not to discuss Lewis Capaldi, who had requisitioned Benjamin as a support act for his 2020 tour.

Now, Benjamin is releasing his initial album, These Two Windows, featuring a same confessional essay character and radiant singing voice that initial held a courtesy of a internet. In honour of a record, we held adult with Benjamin to go behind to his unequivocally beginnings, from his propagandize days and his initial adore to a initial thing he’d do as president. 

The initial time we realised we wanted to be a musician…

I was a sophomore in high propagandize and we found John Mayer’s videos on YouTube, so we bought a guitar and we started examination tutorials on how to play his songs. That’s how all started.

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 The initial time we played in front of a live audience…

At my stay talent uncover when we was 15 years old. we sang “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz. My friends were repelled since no one had listened me sing before. They couldn’t trust we had a certainty to do it. They were unapproachable of me and that feeling was what desirous me to start singing some-more and training how to play music.

The initial thing we wanted to spend your time on during lockdown…

I wanted to spend a lot of time essay songs, so that’s a initial thing we did. we started focusing on lyrics and perplexing to come adult with ideas. That’s how we wrote my strain “Six Feet Apart”. we also slept a lot.

The initial record we ever bought…

The Eminem Show. we bought it since there was a child in my category called Russell, who funnily adequate is now in Brockhampton, and he pronounced there was a new record by Eminem, that he found out about by his comparison brother. It was one of a many critical annals I’d ever listened to; it’s what got me into essay lyrics.    

The initial time we got drunk…

It was during a friend’s house. He gave us a keys while his relatives were out of city and somebody pennyless a vase. In a morning we had to go to a supermarket to get superglue to glue it behind together.

The initial time we fell scrupulously in love…

I’m not certain that we have yet. But a closest thing was a initial partner we ever had in my beginner year in high school. This desirous a garland of my songs and a lot of my adore songs are about that same girl. 

The initial time we were starstruck…

I saw John Mayer during a Village Recording Studios when we initial changed to California and we literally couldn’t even pronounce since we had watched so many of his videos and he was a reason we started creation music.

Your initial teenage luminary crush… 

I wasn’t a teenager, though I’d have to contend Avril Lavigne. It was when a “Sk8er Boi” video came out. 

The initial time we done income out of being a musician…

I achieved during an open mic [event] during Canters Deli and we got paid in a form of a sandwich, so technically it wasn’t money, though we got a document for food. we also had a uncover during a UnUrban café in Santa Monica. It was a giveaway uncover though we got to sell T-shirts.

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The initial time we met a fan…

Probably on a internet. we was maybe 19 or 20. It was a DM and it was cold to know that there were people out there who enjoyed my music. It’s a lustful memory and there are several fans who were around during a start and we still keep in hold with them.

The initial time we listened a strain we wished you’d written…

“Stan” by Eminem. It had a turn finale and it’s a initial time we ever listened a strain that used that tactic. It’s an impulse for a lot of my songs – in specific, “If we Killed Someone For You”.

 The initial time we realised we were indeed any good…

I’m still perplexing to figure that out. I’m not unequivocally sure. But we remember doing my initial uncover and my grandma came. She was 90 and we done her happy. It was cold to have her approve of a pursuit we was doing. 

The initial thing you’d do if we became president…

I consider it’d be parsimonious to float in Air Force One. we know it’s not a policy, though I’d adore to see what that’s like.

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